Without naming names, Munich, Germany-based Mynaric says it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with an “undisclosed company” building a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation. It could be a big deal if the first launch takes place as planned in late 2019.
Several satellites equipped with Mynaric’s laser communications products are scheduled to be launched in late 2019, part of a demonstration mission prior to rolling out a full constellation “of an eventual several hundred” satellites, according to the company’s press release. The full constellation is expected to require upwards of 1,000 laser communications terminals.
“The announcement we are making today firmly establishes Mynaric as a key supplier for the emerging LEO constellations market,” Dr Markus Knapek, founder and board member of Mynaric said. “To be trusted by a satellite constellation builder to work on a key component of their constellation affirms our business strategy to cater for the LEO market as well as the airborne and ground segments. We are well on track to becoming the go-to supplier for laser communications for the entire aerospace industry.”
Most like suspect for the “undisclosed company” would be LeoSat, given the number of potential satellites and a late 2019 launch date for the first demonstration.
Mynaric is a manufacturer of laser communication technologies used for air and space high speed data links, including between aircraft, UAVs, high-altitude platforms (which encompasses aircraft, UAVs, and balloons), satellites, and the ground.
Lasers are becoming big business in the satellite world for moving data between satellites and down to the ground for network communications and bulk data between Earth Observation (EO) satellites and ground stations.